John Clayton

John Clayton
John Clayton is hosting a new weekday show from 10 to noon and writing columns for as part of his expanded role at 710 ESPN Seattle. Clayton also hosts his own Saturday morning show and appears each weekday on "Brock and Salk" as well as "Danny, Dave and Moore." Nicknamed "The Professor" for his wealth of football knowledge, Clayton has been covering the NFL for more than four decades, starting as a high-schooler in 1972 for the Daily Press in St. Marys, Pa. He joined The Pittsburgh Press in 1976, moved to The News Tribune in 1986 and joined ESPN full time in 1998 as a senior NFL writer and commentator. In 2007, Clayton was inducted into the writers' wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Follow him on Twitter @ClaytonESPN

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John Clayton says the Seahawks' ability to pressure Matt Ryan will be crucial in Saturday's playoff game. (AP)
John Clayton’s keys: Can Seahawks keep from getting burned by Falcons’ high-flying pass attack?
John Clayton | January 12, 2017 2:39 pm

The Seahawks have been vulnerable against deep shots since losing Earl Thomas, and the Atlanta Falcons are deadly through the air. John Clayton sees that as one of the keys Saturday.

The last time the Seahawks played at Atlanta in the playoffs, they fell victim to a late Falcons field goal. (AP)
Clayton: Road playoff games haven’t been kind to Seahawks under Carroll
John Clayton | January 10, 2017 4:22 pm

The Seahawks’ inability to get the No. 2 seed out of the NFC could be crucial this Saturday considering how much trouble they’ve had winning on the road in the postseason.

Golden Tate is a rare receiver who can draw unnecessary roughness penalties, John Clayton writes. (AP)
John Clayton’s keys: Seahawks’ secondary to match up against physical Lions WRs
John Clayton | January 6, 2017 6:00 am

John Clayton delivers his keys to the Seahawks’ playoff opener against the Detroit Lions, who have two receivers, Golden Tate and Anquan Boldin, known for their physicality.

Russell Wilson didn't match his career year of 2015, but he made every start despite two serious injuries. (AP)
Clayton’s regular-season Seahawks awards: Russell Wilson gets MVP
John Clayton | January 4, 2017 10:53 am

John Clayton hands out his regular-season awards for the Seahawks, naming quarterback Russell Wilson as the MVP and defensive end Frank Clark as the breakout player.

Colin Kaepernick is one of the last remaining players on the 49ers from their old rivalry with the Seahawks. (AP)
John Clayton’s keys: The last time the Seahawks face Colin Kaepernick in a 49ers uniform?
John Clayton | December 30, 2016 11:02 am

John Clayton breaks down four keys for Sunday’s Seahawks-49ers matchup, which could be the final appearance by quarterback Colin Kaepernick with San Francisco.

Russell Wilson has been sacked 40 times this season, a product of the Seahawks' O-line struggles. (AP)
Seahawks uncharacteristically piling up problems late in season
John Clayton | December 28, 2016 12:41 pm

For the first time in years, the Seahawks aren’t surging into the postseason. John Clayton looks at the reasons why Pete Carroll’s team is uncharacteristically struggling down the stretch.

The Seahawks will need a big performance from Thomas Rawls against the Cardinals on Saturday. (AP)
John Clayton’s keys: Seahawks need to establish run vs Cardinals
John Clayton | December 22, 2016 12:15 pm

John Clayton’s details his keys for the Seahawks’ game Saturday against Arizona, when the Cardinals will try to play spoiler for the Seattle’s push for the second seed in the NFC.

The Seahawks' defense produced four Pro Bowlers, including Cliff Avril, and two alternates. (AP)
Voting proves Seahawks have 13 Pro Bowl-caliber players
John Clayton | December 21, 2016 12:45 pm

The Seahawks have four players headed to the Pro Bowl, but with eight alternates plus the injured Earl Thomas, they’ve proven just how much talent is spread out over their roster.

Seattle can win the NFC West with either one win or one Arizona loss over the final three weeks. (AP)
Clayton’s keys as Seahawks try to rebound, clinch division vs Rams
John Clayton | December 15, 2016 11:01 am

John Clayton looks at four keys to tonight’s Seahawks-Rams game, including how Seattle’s defense could force some turnovers and get its pass rush going against Los Angeles.

The Seahawks (8-4-1) trail the Lions (9-4) for the NFC's No. 2 seed but have an easier remaining schedule. (AP)
Despite Seahawks’ lopsided loss, No. 2 seed and another defensive scoring title are still within reach
John Clayton | December 14, 2016 6:05 am

John Clayton shares five thoughts on the Seahawks as they come down the home stretch of their regular season, including the possibilities that they reclaim the NFC’s No. 2 seed and finish with the NFL’s top scoring defense again.